Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Wolf and His Shadow - a bookwrap

Everyone has one. It sticks closer than a brother (or sister).  When the light casts itself on you, you discover it.   Is it friend or foe?  Today's story is about a wolf who greatly fears his ... it's his shadow!


"The Wolf and His Shadow"

Authored by Thierry Robberecht
Illustrated by Stephanie Frippiat

Ages 4-6

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you to peek at...

About the book...

Looking for a book that talks about childhood fears and anxieties?  Well this is the perfect book to use as a catalyst to address those issues.

Although wolves are supposed to be strong and tough and dangerous, Wolf in our story today, is anything but.  He is a scaredy-cat or should I say scaredy-wolf. He is terrified of his own shadow.  This causes him great concern and much embarrassment.  What will his friends think of him if they find out?

"His shadow was big and black next to him. And every time that Wolf yawned, it showed its big teeth."

Wolf tries to detach himself from this monster by dashing to the top of the hill, swimming around the lake like mad, but to no avail. His shadow is relentless and chases him everywhere. It sticks to him like glue. No matter where Wolf goes his shadow tags along.  Oh my, what is poor Wolf to do?

One day hunters appear in the woods and petrified Wolf finds a place to hide.  His shadow creeps up on him and poor Wolf loses it.  He just has to get out of there. He's not running from the hunters but from his very own shadow.  Poor Wolf tears off towards the hunters screaming ...

"A black monster with huge teeth is following me!"

 Really? The hunters are mortified.  A monster that can scare a wolf?  It must be a doozie indeed. They hightail it back to their village as fast as they can skedaddle.  How will the rest of the wolfpack treat Wolf now?  Will they be happy he saves the day and become their hero or will they laugh and scorn him for being so scared of his shadow and treat him like a sissy cry baby?  

The illustrations are very expressive and can stand alone no problem.  It's a story of victory and overcoming one's fears. It is a wonderful read aloud with a valuable lesson of accepting yourself just the way you are and also your peers.  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author and illustrator...

Thierry Robberecht (1960) has two children and lives in Brussels (Belgium). He has been writing children’s books since fifteen years now, often about subjects that children find difficult to talk about, e.g. secrets, death, envy and rage. He likes to create characters who feel like they don’t fit in.

Loufane’s real name is Stephanie Frippiat. She was born in 1976 and grew up in Aarlen (Belgium). For years she fantasized about making a big journey. Now that dream has become true: she now lives in Saint-Nicolas (Canada) with her boyfriend.

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